Supreme Court Opinions
Trial Court Judge: Thomas Goodall
In Re: Estate of George C. Vincent
Authoring Judge: Justice Frank F. Drowota, III
Trial Court Judge: Billy Joe White
In this will construction case, we address the question of whether or not the doctrine of exoneration applies to a mortgage on real property passing by right of survivorship where the decedent's will directed that his personal representative pay all his "just debts." We find that the general direction to pay "just debts" is not sufficient to require that the estate pay the remaining balance on the mortgage of non-probate property. Furthermore, additional language in the will regarding the payment of installment debts is not sufficient to indicate that the testator intended to include mortgages of non-probate property where the testator's will specified only one beneficiary and did not mention either the property held by joint tenancy or the joint tenant.
|Campbell County||Supreme Court||01/22/93|